NFP Names Vanderheyden COO of B/D

John Vanderheyden has been tapped as senior vice president and COO of NFP Securities, Inc. (NFPSI), the broker/dealer subsidiary of National Financial Partners Corp.

Vanderheyden will lead new technology initiatives, brokerage, and service divisions, as well as the operations of NFPSI. He will report to James Poer, president of NFPSI, according to a press release.

“John’s focus is on enhancing the adviser experience, whether he’s involved in technology, operations or resource management. We welcome the expertise he brings to the organization,” said Poer, in the release.

Prior to joining NFP, Vanderheyden was senior vice president for Fidelity Investments (National Financial) where he most recently built and led its Program Management Office, overseeing strategic planning and resource management initiatives. As senior vice president he held previous positions as head of Product Consulting until 2005 and Relationship Management until 2003, developing customized programs that increased sales and strengthened client relationships.

“I have watched the growth of NFP’s broker/dealer over the years and am impressed with the opportunities NFP brings to independent advisers and to the clients they serve,” said Vanderheyden. “I’m excited to be a part of this management team.”

Vanderheyden joined Fidelity in 2000 from Dain Rauscher, a full-service financial and securities management firm, where he served as senior vice president directing mutual fund, fee-based and financial planning product development from 1995. He joined the firm as senior vice president of technical planning in 1992. Vanderheyden began his career as a systems sales engineer with IBM in Minneapolis.